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Bikes Not Bombs Update

Written by Boston Biker on Aug 05

The latest from Bikes Not Bombs:

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Cycloville Video Premiere
Film screening at Ride Studio Cafe

Join Bikes Not Bombs on Wednesday, August 26thfrom 7-9pm at Ride Studio Cafe in Lexington, MA for a celebration of our new international partner,Cycloville, in Nairobi, Kenya.

We will be releasing a 6-minute documentary about Cycloville’s work supporting the local cycling industry and training young mechanics in bike shops all over Nairobi. The documentary will begin at7:30pm with a short discussion and Q&A to follow. Drinks and snacks will be served. Check out thetrailer and RSVP to the Facebook Invite.

Earn-A-Bike graduates from Spring 2015
Applications open for Fall Earn-A-Bike and Adult Instructor Training

Our next session of Earn-A-Bike will be Oct 5th – Nov 5th meeting MondayThursday 4-7pm. This program is co-ed and for 12-18 year olds, applytoday!

Fall Adult Instructor Training will be Sept 14th – 30th. This training will teach adults about basic bike mechanics and working with youth. After the training adults agree to volunteer at 1 day per week for at least one session of Earn-A-Bike or Girls In Action. Learn more and apply on our website.

Join us for the Building Momentum Breakfast!
Be a Table Captain at the Building Momentum Breakfast!

Bikes Not Bombs’ 5th annual Building Momentum Breakfast will take place Thursday, October 15th! The Breakfast is designed to raise financial support for BNB and spread the word about our innovative work.

We are looking for 10-12 Table Captains to make this event a success! Table Captains bring friends, family, and colleagues, anyone who will connect with the mission and work of BNB to the Breakfast. There will be a Table Captain info session and training onWednesday, August 12th from 6-7pm. Please contact[email protected] if you are interested.

We're outgrowing our spaces!
Space Visioning

Several of our programs are finding it difficult to achieve their goals because of space constraints and/or the location of our facilities. We are thinking of making some changes and need your input!

Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey beforeAugust 12th.

Stop by the Shop!
Free Clinics at the Bike Shop

Mon 8/10 7-9pm Femmechanics
Thurs 8/13 8-9pm Basic Repair & Maintenance
Wed 8/19 8-9pm Flat Fixing
Please be on time for the clinics.

The Shop will be closed and Tool Time canceled onSeptember 7th for Labor Day.

We're having an apparel sale!
We’ve got so many jerseys!

On Sunday August 16th, BNB will host an apparel sale for the donated clothing, new and used, that we’ve received. The sale will be at the BNB Hub from 7pm – 8:30pm and all proceeds will help cover the costs of attending the Youth Bike Summit in 2016. Jerseys, riding shorts and a limited selection of cold weather gear will be available. All items are priced $5-$20, bring cash and tell your friends!

Volunteer of the Month
Volunteer of the Month – Martinas Andruis

Martinas Andruis first got involved at Bikes Not Bombs 5 years ago. Martinas was interested in affordable housing as a right, and says that similarly all people should have access to a bicycle. Martinas is a regular at our Thursday Volunteer Nights, and helped load our last two shipments. When we are understaffed we’ve asked Martinas to step up to help lead part of the work. Outside of BNB he’s an artist doing custom painting. Thanks Martinas!

News Outside of BNB

Boston GreenFest – Learn how to have a positive impact on our world, city, neighborhoods and yourself! The largest multicultural environmental music festival is back August 21st – 23rd.

Bike Friday – Arrive by bike to City Hall Plaza on Friday August 28th between 7-9am and enjoy a free breakfast and chat with your favorite bike folks, including BNB!


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jul 07

from Livable Streets:
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Happy Birthday to you

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June was a big month for LivableStreets! We kicked off our 10th anniversary celebration with a Birthday Bash at Aeronaut (see photos from the party here!) and launched a new membership program.

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the new program, learn more by visiting our brand new website and become a member today!

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We have a membership level for everyone. Whether you are able to contribute $5 a month (yep, just 5 bucks!) or $1000 a year, by becoming a member you aren’t simply donating to a cause, you are demonstrating your support for creating a world-class transportation system in metro Boston.

And don’t worry if you missed the Birthday Bash, we’ll be celebrating our anniversary throughout the remainder of 2015, so stay tuned for other opportunities to get involved!


Get to Watertown on September 12

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Registration is live for Tour de Streets (formerly Bike4Life), our annual family-friendly ride and BBQ! Whether you are a lifelong biker, or you haven’t touched a bike in decades, Tour de Streets has a route for you.

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The start and end location of the ride will take place at a beautiful green space on The Arsenal on the Charles in Watertown. The routes will be scenic and comfortable for both new and experienced riders. And if you prefer not to ride, you are welcome to join the BBQ and post-ride activities. To learn moreclick here.

We hope you’ll save the date for September 12th and join us this year as a rider or supporter of this important fundraiser for LivableStreets!


It’s time to rethink buses

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After a tough winter, more and more people are recognizing how vital public transit is to moving people efficiently and effectively in and around the region.

A new report, Better Rapid Transit for Greater Boston, recognizes buses as a key piece of our transit system and highlights Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) as an option that should be considered for Greater Boston’s transportation future.

The report identifies five corridors ripe for BRT. As CityLabhighlighted, Gold Standard BRT in these corridors has the potential to dramatically cut commute times and connect communities. To read the full report click here!

LivableStreets has been exploring BRT for more than two years as a member of the Greater Boston BRT Study Group–a group made up of transportation experts, planners, and community leaders. This report is a result of the study group’s work and part of LivableStreets broader effort to prioritize transit on our streets.

To learn more and get involved in making our transit system better for everyone in metro Boston, visit our Transit Priority Page.


Carshare in Cambridge, bike lanes in Brookline and rethinking the I-90 interchange

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A vision of Allston from the NBBJ team

In June LivableStreets advocates stepped up in a big way to help make Brookline, Allston and Cambridge more livable and enjoyable for everyone.

In Brookline Mark Tedrow and Rebecca Albrecht spoke up for creating a safer and better design solution for Babcock street and secured a bike lane on Newton Street.

In Cambridge several LivableStreets members showed their support for increased carshare capacity and Steve Miller and Chris Taylor helped dispel misconceptions about carshare in a letter to the editor.

In Allston dozens of community members shared their thoughts on a major project to renovate the Allston entrance and exit of the Mass Pike. LivableStreets members asked for a design that could result in 60 new acres of developable land, a new commuter rail station, a new neighborhood, and an unparalleled opportunity to improve connectivity for everyone walking, biking, driving and taking public transportation throughout the region. To learn more about this effort visit our I-90 project page.

These are just 3 of the more than 80 street project our Advocacy Committee is involved with. If you’d like to learn more about how you can get involved in the committee and make a street, intersection or neighborhood you care about more livable contact Jeff Dietrich at jeff.dietrich@livablestreets.info


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Connect Historic Boston Groundbreaking

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Pedestrian bridge over the Charles River

Friday, July 10, 1pm
@ Union Street in Blackstone Block, Boston

The City of Boston will be breaking ground on construction for Connect Historic Boston this Friday—come celebrate! You may remember hearing from us about this project a couple of years ago. LivableStreets was a member of the advisory committee that helped shape this initiative and we are excited to see it finally being built!

The goal of Connect Historic Boston is to make walking, biking, and taking the T to National Park Service sites and other destinations in downtown Boston easy and fun.

 To learn more visit Connect Historic Boston’s page.

We hope you will join us in celebrating this important step in connecting historic Boston on Friday!


Opportunities

Boston Women’s Bike Ride & Bites Festival

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Saturday, July 18
@ Daisy Field, Willow Pond Road and Jamaicaway, JP, Boston

Join New England’s largest cycling event for women! This year the event will celebrate active, healthy living with fabulous food provided by some of the top women in Boston’s food businesses, like Jody Adams and Joanne Chang. To register and learn more click here.


Job opportunities in Cambridge and Boston

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Are you looking for a job that will contribute to making our streets and community more livable? The cities of Cambridge and Boston are hiring!

Cambridge is hiring for anAssistant Director for Street Management. This new position supervises the Engineering, Operations, Street Occupancy and Planning units within Traffic, Parking, and Transportation.

And the City of Boston is hiring for two positions, Director of Communications and Community Engagement and aGreenovate Boston Program Manager.

Please share these jobs with your networks and consider applying today! 

Sincerely,
LivableStreets Alliance

 


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Jun 20

from the email:

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Bikes and Bites: Women Biking Toward Change in Boston

(Above) Cindy Walling with her trusty bike.

(Below) Thanks to Hubway, Katy Wetzel is able to ride in Boston without owning her own bike.

Cindy Walling is the consummate bike commuter – it’s the primary mode of transit for her and her kids, ages 11 and 13. Katy Wetzel is a dedicated walk-to-work-er, but is intimidated by Boston drivers. She doesn’t even currently own a bike. But when friend and fellow parent Cindy sent out an email inviting her to join Team Menstrual Cyclists in the Bites and Bikes ride, Katy was quick to sign on.

“I think bike riding should be something people do in the city – getting around either on their feet or on a pedal – anything to make that accessible,” she shared when asked why she’d signed on. “Besides”, she added, “my friends were doing it, it sounded like fun, and it’s for a good cause!” The chefs weren’t unappealing either, she confided.

In fact, when Katy’s told others that she signed up, they asked how they could join. When asked why she decided to lead a team, Cindy shared that it was just so easy. “I sent an email to a bunch of women I know, mostly from my kids’ school – I didn’t even know Katy didn’t have a bike! I just figured I’d put the word out and see who got excited.”

Do you want to host a team? No special skills necessary – and no team is too small! You can invite friends, co-workers, neighbors…team prizes will be available! It’s easy to start a team – you will, however, have to compete with Cindy’s team name. Don’t worry, we won’t judge.

Start a team or register yourself now!

Can’t ride? We need a team of excellent volunteers – especially experienced bikers – but there are roles for all skills and folks!

Get Biking Challenge Final Results

The Get Biking Challenge, which encouraged Boston K-8 students to bike during the month of May, was a great success! Eleven schoolsparticipated, with a total of1,389 students entering into the challenge. These students reported biking a collective 597,760 minutes, which converts into a distance of 79,700 miles – or the equivalent of biking around the Earth’s equator three times!!! In terms of calories, the students burned about 859,810 calories, the equivalent of 6,230 cans of soda.

This was a friendly competition, with schools being ranked based on percent participation and days ridden. The Josiah Quincy Elementary School took first place, earning the Golden Pedal Award and a bike raffle, with Perkins Elementary and Nathan Hale Elementary coming in a respective second and third place.

Check out our blog for more details and pictures. Congratulations to all participants!

Join Us for Breakfast at Bike Friday on June 26th

Join us on June 26th for the next Bike Friday! Join a convoy of cyclists or pedal over to City Hall Plaza on your own. Bike Friday is your chance to mingle with cyclists from across the Boston area and learn more about Boston-based organizations that love cyclists. As always, food will be provided by Boloco,LARABAR, Iggy’s Bread of the World, and Whole Foods.

Registration is free, but we need to know you’re coming! Register now atbikefridays.org.

Pump-Up Boston!

Kat Waterhouse, of Rock Spot, and Andrew Prescott, of Urban AdvenTours, pose with a Pump-Up Boston pump that was recently installed at the Rock Spot in South Boston.
Image credit: Urban AdvenToursAs part of their new Pump-Up Boston initiative, Urban AdvenTours is partnering with local businesses to provide public bike pumps in the greater Boston area. You can find these green Pump-Up Boston pumps in Boston at:

  • Boston Cheese Cellar – 18 Birch Street, Roslindale
  • Rock Spot Climbing – 30 Old Colony Ave, South Boston
  • Whole Foods – 15 Washington St, Brighton

To learn more about Pump-Up Boston, visit the Urban AdvenTourswebsite. The pumps were donated by Giant Bicycles.


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

From Livable Streets:

Spring Open House recap

Despite the dreary weather, our April 9th Spring Open House was a resounding success! It was great to see more than 100 new and familiar faces! To view photos from the event click here.

 

Highlights from the Open House include:

  • Toasting to our recent Comm Ave victory
  • Previewing our 10th Anniversary and new membership program being launched in June
  • Hearing from some of our newest board members
  • Enjoying food and drinks donated by Aeronaut Brewing, Downtown Wine & Spirits, Flatbread, Harpoon, and Whole Foods

If you didn’t get a chance to come to the Open House, be sure to stay tuned for the exciting events and opportunities we’ll be rolling out over the next few months!

Get a head start on Bike Month

May is Bike Month! Join LivableStreets tomorrow morning at City Hall for the city’s first Bike Friday. You can join a bike commuter convoy from one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. Safe guided convoys with experienced ride leaders will follow a fixed schedule and route and finish together at City Hall Plaza in Boston. Join a convoy, or just show up for the fun. Learn more and register here.

If you can’t join us tomorrow, we hope to see you at a future Bike Friday this summer. Check out our calendarfor the dates and more Bike Month opportunities!

Take action: Federal transportation bill

Congress is preparing to take action on a new federal transportation bill. We need your help to make sure that Congress doesn’t cut funding to help local communities build sidewalks, crosswalks, bike lanes, trails and more.

Our friends at the League of American Bicyclists have made it easy for you to ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor S. 705, The Transportation Alternatives Program Improvement Act.

The Transportation Alternatives Program provides hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local communities to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. For decades, our federal transportation system has prioritized building roads, leaving many of our communities with few transportation options and rising safety risks for people bicycling and walking. S. 705 would help make sure that Congress continues to invest a small share of federal transportation dollars in these types of projects.

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LivableStreets weighs in on parking, buses, Comm Ave

Did you know MBTA buses serving downtown Boston make about 1,200 trips and carry more than 60,000 passengers every day? Ari Ofsevit, LivableStreets Advocacy Committee member (and Boston Marathon runner!), rebuts a recent claim that buses are to blame for downtown Boston’s congestion and digs into the enormous benefits buses provide in a piece he wrote for Commonwealth. To read the full article click here.

 

Demand-based parking rates could be the answer to scarce spaces, says LivableStreets Board member Charlie Denison in a letter to the Boston Globe. What do you think? Check out the full response here.

And Executive Director Jackie Douglas was invited to write a guest blog for the Barr Foundation breaking down our recent Comm Ave victory. It might not sound exciting on paper, but several of the new design elements have never been done before in Boston. Read more about what LivableStreets did to help win a Safer Comm Ave here.

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Massachusetts Transportation Summit

Friday, May 1

@ DCU Center, 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA
Join Transportation for Massachusetts for the first-ever statewide summit for exploring and exchanging ideas and actions to improve transportation in every corner of the Commonwealth. Speakers include Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack, ZipCar founder Robin Chase and many other presenters and visionaries sharing ideas on the next generation of transportation solutions. LivableStreets is an active member of T4MA and helping plan this event-we hope to see you there!

 

For more information and to register visit: www.t4ma.org/summit

Go Boston 2030 Visioning Lab  
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Friday, May 8 & Saturday, May 9

@ China Trade Center, 2 Boylston St., Boston, MA

 

Stop by to participate in planning the future for Boston streets. Go Boston 2030 is a City of Boston initiative to envision a bold transportation future. The two year process will result in a plan that will be a road map for the city. The event will kick off with remarks from Mayor Walsh and include interactive activities, performances, a data visualization gallery, emerging technology demonstrations and more!

 

To learn more about Go Boston 2030 visitgoboston2030.org


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Boston Bikes Update

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 27

Monthly Learn-to-Ride Clinics for Women

Know any women who never learned to ride a bike, or haven’t been on a bike in years?Registration for our free learn-to-ride clinics is now open. Taught by women for women (anyone who identifies as female), our clinics are a great way to get on a bike and keep rolling!

Clinics will be held on May 9th, June 20th, July 18th, August 25th, September 15th, andOctober 17th. For complete details visitbostonbikes.org/programs/women/learn-to-ride

Join our team!

Boston Bikes is looking for a confident urban cyclist to help organize our Women’s Initiative on a part-time contract basis through August. At least two years of program management experience required, plus excellent communication skills. To apply please email[email protected].

Hubway Reopens on Friday

Nothing says spring like Hubway bikes sprouting up around the city. The full system reopens on Friday April 17th (except for a handful of stations along the marathon route, which will reopen after Patriot’s Day). So dust off your key fob and get ready to pedal! And if you don’t have a membership, now’s a great time to sign up.

Next Friday is Bike Friday!

Join us on April 24th for the first Bike Friday of the year. This is the first year that we’re hosting an April Bike Friday; help us make it a success! Pedal, on your own or with one of our many convoys, to City Hall Plaza from 7-9am and you’ll be greeted by a festival full of bike-friendly vendors. As always, we’ll have free breakfast provided by Boloco, Iggy’s Bread of the World,Larabar, and Whole Foods!

Registration is free, but it helps to know you’re coming. Please note that breakfast is only for people who bike to City Hall Plaza.

Get Biking Challenge

Boston Bikes is hosting the Get Biking Challenge to encourage K-8 students to bike more during May, National Bike Month. Students will record how many minutes they bike each day, and all participants will be awarded with prizes. Top schools and classes will earn a variety of prizes such as the coveted Golden Pedal Award, free bike raffles, bike field trips, and more! Schools need to register for the challenge and it can be coordinated by a teacher, administrator, other school staff, or parent volunteers. For more information, visit our website:bostonbikes.org/programs/get-biking-school-challenge

Major Steps Forward for Biking and Walking in Boston

On March 24th, the Boston Transportation Department unveiled plans to make a stretch of Commonwealth Avenue one of the most progressive multi-modal corridors in the country. The design incorporates protected intersections and physically protected bike lanes on both sides of the avenue. We hope that this is just one of many more cutting-edge projects to come! Thank you to the many advocates and allies who worked hard to make this happen.

The day after the Comm Ave Public Meeting, Mayor Walsh announced that Boston will adopt Vision Zero. This comprehensive strategy prevents traffic fatalities through effective policies and systematic evaluation, enforcement, engineering, education, and community engagement. Boston Bikes is a part of the Vision Zero task force which will be planning the program’s roll-out over the next few months. Read more about Vision Zero and the Commonwealth Avenue plans here.

More Bike Parking in Boston

Last year we exceeded our goals and installed more than 300 bike racks. You can find the locations of all public bike racks in the City of Boston using our interactive map.

We continue to work on increasing bike parking. Our installers are currently putting in new racks across Boston; we recently got approval to install 30 more racks in the Back Bay Historic District; and we have more in our queue that we are moving through the approval process. Our goal is to make it easy for you to park your bike anywhere in the City of Boston.

Help Us Recover from the Winter

The record-breaking snow damaged a record number of racks. And as the snow continues to melt, abandoned bikes are popping up around Boston.Report broken racks and abandoned bikes using thecitizens connect app or by filling out a service request form. Please be sure to include a picture that shows the rack, or bike, and its location (i.e. the building behind it). This helps us expedite the repair / locate the bike.

Please note that the City of Boston is only able to remove bikes that are attached to public property. If the bike is locked to a fence, or other private property, you will need to contact the property manager to have it removed.

Bikes and Bites Beneficiaries

Congratulations to the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition, Femmechanics, and the Dorchester Community Food Co-op who have been selected as the beneficiaries of Bikes & Bikes, the 2nd Annual Women’s Bike Ride & Festival. Proceeds from the ride will be donated to these groups. They are working to make Boston a healthy and vibrant city. Read more about them below, and don’t forget to register for Bikes & Bites.

Image credit: Mattapan Food and Fitness CoalitionThe Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition is a grassroots movement in the Mattapan community. Their goal is to make Mattapan known as one of the healthiest communities in Boston. With easy access to affordable and healthy food, clean, safe, walk-able, and bike-able streets, residents of all ages and abilities will take regular advantage of the abundant and inviting play spaces.

Image credit: FemmechanicsFemmechanics is a group of FTW (femme/trans*/women) folks who bike. They organize Grrrease Time, an open-shop time for people to come learn about wrenching on bikes, and to form community and solidarity amongst FTW cyclists.

Image credit: Dorchester Community Food Co-opThe Dorchester Community Food Co-op (DCFC) is a multi-stakeholder cooperative enterprise that will provide economic opportunity and access to healthy, affordable food for residents of Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods.


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In Case You Were Not Able To Go To The Neponset River Greenway Meeting

Written by Boston Biker on Apr 03

Got this great update from Lynn:

 

Hi all,
I was able to attend the Greenway Council Meeting in Mattapan last night and there are lots of project updates for the Trail/Greenway area as well as notes on the TTOR (The Trustees of Reservations) / BNAN merger and leadership transitions.
1) Neponset Spring Ride is ON! Saturday, April 4, 2015: Spring along the Neponset River
Meet at the parking lot at Pauls’s Bridge off Brush Hill Rd. in Milton at 10:00 am for a ride down the Neponset River and along Boston Harbor to Castle Island and back on existing and future trails. Email Jessica Mink j[email protected] for additional info.
2) Bike racks will be installed at Pope John Paul II Park as soon as the snow has thawed.
3) The bridge at Central Ave. (current Southern terminus of Neponset Trail) is currently under repair. A detour is in place and repairs are expected to be completed within 2 weeks.
5) BNAN’s Program Director Candice Cook will no longer be facilitating the Greenway meetings as she is taking a new job in Somerville. Conrad Crawford (formerly with the DCR, now Regional Director for TTOR) was in attendance at the meeting. He said he would attend meetings as often as possible, but could not confirm that TTOR would be providing a direct replacement for Candice (her job is being split into 3 separate positions within TTOR). He lives in East Cambridge and is an avid cyclist. (Conrad’s Email: [email protected]).
6) UPDATES ON GREENWAY PROJECT from Stella Lensing (DCR):
Segment I (Martini to Neponset Valley Pkwy)
– Neponset Trail from Granite Ave. to Shawmut Junction will be paved with bituminous asphalt this Spring. The contractor will be starting as soon as all of the snow has thawed. Detour will be until project is completed by the end of May.
– There was discussion about additional traffic enforcement at the Granite Ave. pedestrian stoplight.  DCR is looking into adding additional signage near 93 off-ramp to warn vehicles of crosswalk.
Segment 2 (Central Ave to Mattapan Sq)
**PUBLIC MEETING ON MONDAY 4/13** 7-8:30PM. Foley Senior Residences Dining Room 249 River St. Mattapan
DCR will present plans for construction. The public meeting presentation and other related materials will be viewable after the meeting on the DCR’s website at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/dcr/public-outreach/public-meetings
– Construction to begin this month (Ryan Playground – Mattapan), S & R Corp. has trailers on site. Project completion 18-24 mos.
– Lee Toma of Milton Bikes reported that the design is now complete for a new Mattapan Sq. Crossing on Rt. 28/ Blue Hill Ave. (Detailed plans can be found on the DPW Town of Milton Engineering page)
– Port Norfolk Park construction to begin after site visits this month
Segment 3 (Victory Rd. to Morrissey Blvd. – Nat’l Grid/ rainbow gas tank)
– Construction access agreement has been reached. DCR is going to survey the site with design complete by 6/30.
Segment 4 (Tenean Beach to Victory Rd)
– Land is not DCR property, belongs to MassDOT. Due to MassDOT employee transitions DCR has yet to find the proper contact and will need to “reopen discussions”.
– Currently there are no funds for the design on this part of the trail.
7) April 25th is Mass. Parks Serve Day – there are beach clean ups happening in Savin Hill and Quincy River Walk. More info at Neponset.org or DCR website.
8) The Trustees of Reservation are currently seeking seasonal (Youth Crew Leaders) and year-round employees. See ttor.org for more info.
Happy Spring!
Lynn

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City Of Boston Bikes Program Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 26

Lots of good stuff in here:

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Boston Bike Week Festival & Bike Fridays

Boston Bike Week FestivalFrom April-August, on one Friday a month we’ll host a party on City Hall Plaza for cyclists. In May we’ll hold a special Boston Bike Week Festival to celebrate the end of Bay State Bike Week. You can join a convoy or bike over on your own.

Boston Bike Week Festival: May 15th
Bike Fridays: April 24th (new this year!),June 26th, July 24th, August 28th

Register now for the 2015 Boston Bike Week Festival and Bike Fridays.

Volunteer to lead a convoy: http://bit.ly/bikefriday2015volunteers

2015 Boston Bike Friendly Business Application

Bike Friendly BusinessAll Boston-based businesses are encouraged to apply to be named as a Boston Bike Friendly Business.

Last year we recognized almost 50 businesses for the work they’ve done to help make Boston more bike friendly.

Not sure if your business is bike-friendly enough? Click here to read about all the ways to earn points towards your application, and take a pre-assessment.

We’re getting ready to hire Youth Cycling Instructors!

We are preparing to hire Youth Cycling Instructors to join our team. Youth Cycling Instructors teach in-classroom and on-bike workshops to students in grades 2-12 during the school day in the Boston Public Schools. For more information, visithttp://www.bostonbikes.org/about/getinvolved/work-with-us/

2014 Roll it Forward Survey

Last year we conducted a survey of Roll it Forward recipients to learn more about the program’s impact and where there is room for improvement. You can download the full analysis here.

Key Findings:

  • The vast majority of Roll it Forward recipients live in low-income households.
  • Roll it Forward increases access to bikes. Nearly 96% did not have access to a working bike.
  • 92% of adult respondents who rode less than 4 times a week before receiving their bike rode more after they received a bike.
  • Fun and fitness are the greatest motivators for riding

Notable Quotes:

“Keeps my body fit and pockets thick!”

“It had a very good impact in my life, it got me to work on time everyday without any pollution to our world and had fun while doing it.”

“[the bike] just made it less stressful to get to destinations – much more simple”

ICYMI: New Community Space for Biking

Image credit: Beta BostonFortified, a local bike light company, has received a $150,000 grant through the Mission Main Streets Grants program, which they plan to use to create “a community space for Boston biking.”

You can read the full artcile from Beta Boston here.

 

ICYMI: Bike Part Vending Machine & Repair Station

Image credit: BikestockBikestock has partnered with Whole Foods to place a bike part vending machine at their South End location. Along with items that can be found in regular vending machines, this machine offers bike-specific items such as: inner tubes, patch kits, lights, locks, and multi-tools. A bike pump and bike repair stand have also been made available for use 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.


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Hubway Station Closure Update

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

From Hubway:

 

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Hello Hubway riders!

It’s that time of year again. Stations and bikes will soon be removed from the street for winter. Hubway will begin our regular season-end station closures on Monday, November 17, 2014, and the final day of this year’s full-system operations will beWednesday, November 26th.

BUT WAIT! The good news is we’re not done riding this year! After last year’s successful winter pilot in Cambridge, Hubway’s winter operations have expanded. We’re pleased to announce that many stations in Boston will remain open through December, and almost all stations in Cambridge will continue operations all winter long. All closed stations are expected to re-open in the spring.

“Will my station close for the year? And when?”

 

This year you can sign up to receive email system alerts on the days that stations are removed, so you can easily get the latest info and develop a contingency plan for routes that involve your favorite stations. Plus, we’ll publish specific station closure and system alerts on the Hubway website, as well as Hubway’s facebook page andtwitter profile.

Please note: we will still send full system shutdown warnings in the event of inclement weather, but you must sign up here to receive the seasonal station removal alerts.

We’re keeping the wheels rolling on as many stations as possible through the 26th and beyond, so make sure you get in some extra miles in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you for more than 1.1 MILLION rides this year… and counting!

 

The Team at Hubway

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 REMEMBERING MAYOR MENINO

With heavy hearts, we mourn the passing of Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest serving mayor and a champion of bike sharing in the Boston area. Please click hereto view a letter from Hubway General Manager, Emily Stapleton, distributed to all Hubway staff last week, about the Mayor’s trailblazing support of Hubway and the impact of that support on the City.

 HUBWAY PRO-TIP: ALWAYS DOUBLE-CHECK YOUR DOCKING

Didn’t see a green light when you docked? Lift the bike ever-so-slightly by the seat and give a tug to make ensure that it is fully secure and that your trip has closed. If you ever have that “left-the-oven-on” feeling later in the day that perhaps you didn’t see that green light, log into your Hubway member account here and click the Rentals tab to confirm your trip was successfully closed. Of course, you can always reach the Hubway customer support team, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-855-9HUBWAY (948-2929).

CAMBRIDGE SEEKING DANA PARK HUBWAY STATION USER FEEDBACK

Do you use the Dana Park Hubway Station? This station is currently located on Lawrence Street, and with almost 10,000 trips taken so far it is well used and has provided tremendous benefits to those in the Cambridgeport neighborhood. At the request of some area residents, the City of Cambridge has doneadditional analysis, including looking at the options for off-street locations to allow year-round use. The City welcomes your input on options and comments about the station’s long-term location.

 

Click here to take the Dana Park Hubway station survey.

WHERE TO RIDE?

 

5Point Film Festival, Today, Thursday, 11/6, Somerville Theatre. These short adventure films are hand picked to get your heart pumping, mind engaged, and self inspired to pursue your own passions, whatever those may be. Details here.

Green Pedal Film Festival, Sunday, 11/9, 6pm, Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler Street, Somerville. An evening of short films on environmental innovations, plus visits from the Bibliocycle, the Coffee Trike, AlFreshCo, Bootstrap Compost, Metro Pedal Power, and more! More info here.

Boston Bikes Hosts “Half the Road” screening, Wednesday, 11/19, 6:30pm, Fenway Landmark Theatre, Boston. Thisgroundbreaking documentary by pro-cyclist and director Kathryn Bertine explores the passion, pitfalls & power of women’s professional cycling. The film focuses on both the joy of sport and the challenges of inequality that female riders face today in a male-dominated world of cycling. “We thought we were making a movie about women’s professional cycling,” the filmmakers described. “Then it turned into a film about equality.” TICKETS MUST BE RESERVED BY 11/11! Get yours now. Boston Bikes will host an informal discussion and Q&A after the film with professional cyclist Sara Bresnick.

Rules of the Road Bicycle Workshop, Wednesday, 11/12, 6:30pm, Cambridge Main Library @ 449 Broadway.
This one-hour presentation will cover bike safety statistics, rules of the road, both bike-specific and car-specific laws & legislation, general safety tips, current legislative efforts, and the realreasons to obey traffic laws. Registration info here.

Boston Bike Party presents A Space Odyssey, Friday, 11/14, 7:30pm, Copley Square. Wonder what it would be like to journey through space (safely on a bike in the streets of Boston)? Boston Bike Party will take you there. Prepare for liftoff in 5-4-3…


Kaiju Big Battel 20th Anniversary Bash, Saturday, 11/22, Cuisine en Locale, 156 Highland Avenue, Somerville.

Prepare to be dumbfounded and confused, but thoroughly entertained when this oddball mix of comic book, sci-fi, and professional wrestling returns to Somerville for “Shpadoinka Mania 20, Part 2.” Seriously — you may never see anything like it ever again.

More about Kaiju here, and tickets for the event here.

 

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